How to set the timezone for the Java environment

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Platform Notice: Server and Data Center Only - This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.

Purpose

Functionality within Atlassian applications may be reliant upon the timezone that is configured for the Java environment. The timezone value will be picked up by default from the operating system, however, it is possible to alter this default by passing an additional parameter to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

The timezone can be edited by changing the server clock on the server that is running JAVA or changing the properties as explained below.

Solution

The value of the timezone can be altered with the below JVM argument, which is set as per our Setting Properties and Options on Startup documentation. The example below shows how to set it for America/Chicago:

-Duser.timezone=America/Chicago

The List of TZ Database Time Zones documentation on Wikipedia contains further information on the different Timezones that can be set


Example Timezones

TimezoneCode
SydneyAustralia/Sydney
Los AngelesAmerica/Los_Angeles
New YorkAmerica/New_York
ParisEurope/Paris
RomeEurope/Rome
UTCUTC
MadridEurope/Madrid
DescriptionFunctionality within Atlassian applications may be reliant upon the timezone that is configured for the Java environment. The timezone value will be picked up by default from the operating system, however, it is possible to alter this default by passing an additional parameter to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
ProductJira, Confluence, Bamboo, Fisheye, Bitbucket
PlatformServer
Last modified on Oct 2, 2018

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